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Klinger, Friedrich Maximilian von

Entry updated 31 August 2018. Tagged: Author.

(1752-1831) German playwright and author; the title of his early play, Sturm und Drang (1776), gave its name to the period of tempestuous anti-Enlightenment Early Romantism in Germany dominant during the 1770s and 1780s. He is of sf interest for a novel, Reisen vor der Sündfluth (1795; trans anon as Travels Before the Flood: An Interesting Oriental Record of Men and Manners in the Antediluvian World, Interpreted in Fourteen Evening Conversations between the Caliph of Bagdad and his Court: Translated from the Arabic 1796 2vols), which records (as per subtitle) the Caliph of Bagdad's recollections (for Land of Fable see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy) of his Fantastic Voyages to various exemplary antediluvian lands (see Utopia). [JC]

Friedrich Maximilian von Klinger

born Frankfurt, Germany: 17 February 1752

died Dorpat, Russian Empire [now Tartu, Estonia]: 25 February 1831



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